Chair of Senate

The Chancellor of the University is Belinda Hutchinson AM. The Chancellor is elected by Senate for a four-year term of office. The Chancellor’s current term of office is February 2017 – February 2021.

The Chancellor:

  1. is the Chair of Senate, presides over Senate meetings and exercises procedural control over meetings
  2. ensures that Senate functions effectively, with a paramount fiduciary duty of loyalty to act in the best interests of the University
  3. presides on important ceremonial occasions
  4. works co-operatively with the Vice-Chancellor, and is available to give counsel and encourage communication on all issues concerning the well-being of the University
  5. in consultation with the Vice-Chancellor, provides a high-level bridge to members of the wider community.

The statutory powers and responsibilities of the Chancellor are defined by section 10 of the University of Sydney Act 1989 (NSW).